If you, or someone you know has an eye condition, and you want to know more about it, there are easy-to-read eye conditions guides on the RNIB website.
Many causes of sight loss are preventable, and half of sight loss is preventable if it is caught early. How? By visiting an optometrist and having an eye test. You can search for an optometrist on the Wales Eye Care Services website by selecting ‘Urgent eye problem – Eye Health Examination Wales’ and the geographical area in which you live.
Eye tests are vital. Apart from indicating whether you need to start wearing glasses or need to change your prescription, they also make sure your eyes stay healthy. They can help identify potentially serious eye and health problems such as glaucoma and diabetes; they can also investigate symptoms such as cloudy vision and floaters. An eye test usually takes 20 to 30 minutes, though it can take longer. During an eye test, the practitioner will assess your history – for example, whether this is a routine check-up or if you’ve had any problems with your eyes. You will also be asked about your general health, your work and any hobbies you do.
Everyone should have an eye test at least once every two years as part of their healthcare routine. Looking after your eye health is just as important as looking after the rest of your body. You should also have an eye test if you think you have a problem with your eyesight. Some people can be eligible for a free eye test or optical vouchers to reduce the cost of glasses or contact lenses. To find out if you’re eligible click here.
You may also be referred to an ophthalmologist at a hospital following an eye examination if signs of an eye condition have been detected.
You should go to a hospital accident and emergency department as soon as possible if you:
- have a sudden serious change in your vision
- lose all or part of your vision in one eye or both eyes
- have an accident involving your eyes
- suddenly start seeing flashing lights or floaters in your vision.
If you are concerned you may be losing your sight and would like some information or advice, please contact us by telephone or email or by visiting us at Jones Court, Womanby Street, Cardiff, CF10 1BR. You don’t need to make an appointment, but we’re a small team, so it’s best to call and arrange a time to ensure we have someone available to talk to you.
You can also email us at [email protected]. Let us know what information and advice you would like, and how you would like us to contact you.